Arizona fire grows, more evacuations ordered

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 1, 2017

Still, John Pierson warned several hundred people that the fire could cause more damage.

A fire that is sweeping through part of a national forest in central Arizona has grown to almost 25,000 acres, officials said, but some evacuees will be able to go home Thursday.

The so-called Goodwin Fire, which has destroyed an unknown number of homes and is named after an area where it broke out on Saturday, is one of several major fires burning in the U.S.

Low humidity, temperatures hovering around 90 Fahrenheit and 35 miles per hour (55 kph) wind gusts are in the forecast through the weekend and may "contribute to extreme fire behavior", the National Weather Service said in an advisory. Shelter will be located at Mayer High School.

The local sheriff said he thought all hope was lost as the massive fire approached the larger town of Dewey-Humboldt.

Pete Gordon, Prescott National Forest Fire Chief, said this fire in particular has presented many challenges.

An unmanned aircraft system seen flying over the Goodwin Fire forced the grounding of all firefighting aircraft Wednesday night, according to a news release by the Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team 2.

Arizona fire grows, more evacuations ordered

"Not only do our hearts go out to those who have been displaced, but our attention and resources are focused heavily on containing the fire and protecting property and lives". It now covers over 54,000 acres (21,853 hectares). Although the fire is still very nasty and has consumed over 58,000 acres since it began two weeks ago in Brian head.

State Route 169 was also closed between I-17 and SR 69 because of the blaze.

The Utah fire is the largest in the nation at 78 square miles (201 square kilometers).

And in California, a wildfire destroyed the home of "Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki on a ranch in the San Luis Obsipo area, said Nicole Perna, a spokeswoman for the 42-year-old actor. Firefighters in Idaho battled five lightning-sparked wildfires burning in grass and brush.

The fire has been extremely aggressive, preventing firefighter crews from getting a handle on it. And again, a quick reminder is in order - Be careful when you're out in the forests and woodlands, folks.

The fire was one of the top firefighting priorities in the US after it rapidly grew in size while burning through a dense, rugged forest.

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